Bright, Still

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Five old-fashioned ghost stories, by the author of Xanadu and People Like Us. From Edwardian England to modern Hong Kong, encountering succubi, noppera-bo and (possibly) the Antichrist along the way... More
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Fiction » Horror » Ghost
Words: 22,130
Language: English
ISBN: 9781311869029
About D.Z.C.

D.Z.C. lives in Paris and Singapore. Like his creation, he is a specialist in Oriental art and classical culture. Unlike his creation, he has not yet murdered anyone.

He likes receiving e-mails from readers, especially if they have pictures of cats in them.

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Review by: katherine28june on June 29, 2014 :
Brilliant. Wish it was longer
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Review by: Russell Bittner on March 03, 2014 :
As D.Z.C. him- (or herself) says, this is a collection of "four old-fashioned ghost stories." But that—at least to my way of thinking—is gross understatement.

I don’t wish to give away anything about the actual storylines that could be construed as a teaser. Instead, I’ll simply comment upon D.Z.C.’s style—which, at least in my reading experience, is inimitable.

All four of these stories are told in what I’ll call “staccato fashion”—which certainly befits the genre. Moreover, there’s both a subtlety and a density to the prose that require a reader’s unremitting concentration. If someone were to ask me how to write a good ghost story, I’d cite Bright, Still as a prime example. If someone were to ask me for an easy read, however, I’d caution him or her to stay away from Bright, Still. Is this because the syntax and vocabulary are particularly difficult? No. It’s simply because, in the present world of countless and relentless distractions, Bright, Still makes certain demands upon one’s attention—namely, that it be undivided. Miss a sentence or sometimes only half of one, and you may miss the whole point of the story. Ignore a turn, and you may find yourself at a dead-end in your understanding of that same story. Look to have the plot-line handed to you on a silver platter, and you might do better to look elsewhere.

If this be “old-fashioned” story-telling, give me surfeit of it!

Brooklyn, New York, U. S. A.
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Review by: vivascarlett on Jan. 27, 2014 :
A thoroughly enjoyable collection, written in a traditional British style. Elegant and suspenseful.
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